Rick Little may have retired in May, but he and his former school, City Park, are still winning awards.
The Georgia Association of School Principals presented Little with the 2015 Georgia Distinguished Service Award and the Jim Puckett Outstanding Educator Award. City Park received the 2015 School Bell Award for its “Pay it Forward” program. The Dalton Board of Education recognized the recipients during its August meeting.
Little was nominated by his peers based on his educational leadership, concern for educational excellence and commitment to the community’s children.
“It’s an honor to be the recipient of these awards and be a part of the association,” said Little. “I had the privilege of working with so many great people in Dalton Public Schools. I received support from superintendents, board members and fellow principals that really encouraged me and helped me throughout the years. This award represents that.”
The Pay it Forward program was created by the City Park administration in the fall of 2014 and challenged each certified staff member to design and implement an original Pay it Forward initiative. Each month throughout the school year was dedicated to a different cause or organization, including canned food and winter accessories drives, serving at the City ...